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Weekend Viewing: The Witch Hazel Trilogy


 

Can’t find what I was originally going to post for Halloween, so the fallback position is, as always, some Bugs Bunny cartoons (which count as TV ’cause that’s where we all saw them for the first time). And the ultimate Halloween antagonist for Bugs is Witch Hazel, a green, cackling, bobby-pin-shedding witch created by Chuck Jones in 1954’s “Bewitched Bunny,” where she was voiced by Bea Benaderet (Betty Rubble).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEalL-toaPI

Witch Hazel came back, this time voiced by June Foray, in 1956’s “Broom-Stick Bunny,” which actually takes place on Halloween night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZBksMGKc6U

And in 1959 Abe Levitow, one of Jones’ animators, directed Witch Hazel in “A Witch’s Tangled Hare” — not as good as the first two, so think of it as the “Return of the Jedi” of the trilogy. Except shorter and much less painful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6KvXbcYg3U


 

Weekend Viewing: The Witch Hazel Trilogy

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